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User switch without password

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    User switch without password


    For a number of reasons I prefer to keep my local account (no password) and my windows account separate and I find it annoying that I have to enter the password every time I want to switch back to the windows account.
    Is there any way to maintain the password for login but bypass it for switching?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Hairy Scot,

    You could set Windows 8 to sign in to an account automatically at startup, but I'm afraid not for switching users unless the account does not have a password.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Hairy Scot,

    You could set Windows 8 to sign in to an account automatically at startup, but I'm afraid not for switching users unless the account does not have a password.
    Bummer!

    My local account has no password so no issues there, either at startup or when switching back to that account.
    But since the Windows Account needs a password I guess I've had it.


    Thanks for the info.
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    Yeah, unfortunately Microsoft accounts require a password.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yeah, unfortunately Microsoft accounts require a password.
    I have no problem with that.
    Since I am the only user I'd like to be able to switch back and forth with the minimum effort.

    Is it possible to set up a script or some kind of exec for switching?
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm not aware of a way to bypass or automate the sign in screen like that when switching users.
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